Authorities dealt a significant blow to the Texas Mexican Mafia on Friday when they indicted 37 of its San Antonio members and associates on federal drug trafficking, extortion, and firearm charges, including the group’s leader Raul Ramos, a reputed general in the Texas Mexican Mafia.
Ramos, who went by the nicknames “Alto,” “Naranjo,” and “GQ,” is charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The 51-year-old general now faces multiple decades behind bars if convicted.
According to the indictment, Ramos and his underlings are responsible for distributing heroin and methamphetamine in San Antonio since January 2015 as well as collecting the “dime,” a ten percent tax imposed by the Texas Mexican Mafia on non-members who distribute narcotics. If a drug dealer fails to pay said tax, he faces serious bodily injury, robbery or death.
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